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More on Dolan

John Allen offers his two cents:

In Dolan, the bishops have turned to their most gifted natural communicator, a leader with a demonstrated capacity to project a positive image for Catholicism in the public square. Rather than electing a behind-the-scenes broker of compromise, in other words, the bishops tapped their best front man. That choice could be taken as an imminently rational reaction to recent events…


…In many ways, Dolan is a high-octane, populist American expression of what I’ve called the “affirmative orthodoxy” of Benedict XVI: no compromise on matters of Catholic identity, but a determination to express that identity in the most positive key possible, keeping lines of conversation open with people outside the fold.

Allen acknowledges that he wasn’t there for the Big Event yesterday. But someone who was there offered his analysis on “Currents” last night. Check out Rocco Palmo’s take here.

There were also a few warm words offered on the show from Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski. Check ’em out.

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posted November 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I am delighted that the archbishop of New York is now president of the USCCB. Having taught Church History in a formation program for Lay Ecclesial Ministers, I am doubly happy that his background is Church History as was, might add, Pope John XIII. In addition to his obvious intellectual prowess, he has a wonderful sense of humor and great people skills. (Note: His comment when Laurie Goodstein asked a question at the press conference. “You all know Laurie, don’t you?)
In today’s New York Times one of the letters to the editor seems to be pertinent. even though it refers to our political world here in the U.S. The writer reminisces about an academic that he heard in his undergraduate days.
“Speaking about the American presidency at an informal gathering of history majors, Mr. Perkins intoned the words: ‘Scholars should be on tap, but not on top.’ With Franklin D. Roosevelt in mind, he argued that resolve and wit trump sheer intellectual prowess in high places.”

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